IAD unveils masterplan for 2015 Pan-African Games in Brazzaville, Congo

I admit that, in the vast majority of times, the architecture of buildings designed for sports purposes do not fill me with much joy and interest. Such buildings tend to be either rather bland or extremely ostentatious, particularly when their purpose and sustained legacy are taken into account. However, I...

Clarks autumn/winter 2013 men’s shoes: embracing the heritage of footwear

Over the last few weeks, anyone who has paid a visit to a Clarks store must have realised that the British footwear brand has been making its autumn/winter 2013 men’s collection available in a piecemeal fashion. As summer days start becoming shorter, Clarks’ predominant trends for next season have been...

Reiss menswear autumn/winter 2013

For its autumn/winter 2013 menswear collection British fashion brand Reiss found inspiration in the images produced by Czech author and illustrator Miroslav Sasek for his This Is series of children’s books. Not only do Sasek’s popular drawings illustrate the daily activities performed by grown-ups with a playful approach but they...

UNStudio to Design Yongjia World Trade Center in Wenzhou, China

Architecture practice UNStudio was recently announced as the winner of the competition to design the Yongjia World Trade Center in Wenzhou, the Chinese city in the Yangtze River Delta region. Located in the Oubei Sanjiang Area of Wenzhou, the concept proposes five towers ranging between 146 and 287 meters that...

adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony autumn/winter 2013

Following the success of the initial design ventures between Opening Ceremony and adidas Originals (which The Style Examiner reviewed), a third collaboration resulted in a collection for autumn/winter 2013 that is now available in stores. Inspired by the worlds of basketball and rock climbing as perceived from an urban viewpoint,...

The most beautiful homes in the world: Chair House, Ukraine, by Igor Sirotov

There is something eerily beautiful about the brutalist sensibility that Ukranian architect Igor Sirotov used to design his ‘Chair House’ in its physical context. Purposefully conceived as an isolated object against the harsh rocky setting that surrounds it by layers of concrete, metal and glass, this is a house that...

Farah 1920 menswear autumn/winter 2013

For autumn/winter 2013, clothing brand Farah sought inspiration in the people, events and style trends of the twentieth century to create the menswear collection for its 1920 line. Named ‘Heroes of Invention’, the collection reinvents classic menswear staples by adding subtle touches of contemporary flair. This approach is best noticed...

Tom Ford pays homage to London with new fragrance

Fashion designer Tom Ford is celebrating the opening of his first standalone store in London this week by launching a commemorative fragrance inspired by the British capital. Named ‘Private Blend London’, the new fragrance will be available exclusively from Tom Ford’s new Sloane Street store for six months before becoming...